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Category: Arizona Law

Is It Illegal to Have Sex in a Car?

Posted on December 1, 2020 in Arizona Law

A common question people ask criminal defense lawyers is whether it is illegal to have sex in a car. As criminal lawyers, we do not make personal or moral judgments regarding questions like these. However, we do give honest, direct answers. It can be difficult to get privacy sometimes. However, if you want to avoid…
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 What Happens at a Status Hearing in a Criminal Case? 

Posted on November 17, 2020 in Arizona Law

A status hearing is one of the many steps involved in a criminal case going to trial. In Arizona, the status conference is an opportunity for your criminal defense lawyer and the prosecutor to resolve the case. During the status conference, your lawyer and the prosecutor discuss the charges against you and possible resolutions. For…
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What is Unlawful Imprisonment?

Posted on November 12, 2020 in Arizona Law

In the state of Arizona, unlawful imprisonment refers to a crime that is most often charged in domestic disputes. If one person holds another in a particular location against their will, he or she could be charged with unlawful imprisonment. The statute that defines unlawful imprisonment, Arizona 13-1303, reads as follows: “A person commits unlawful…
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Tips for an Effective Character Letter for a Judge

Posted on November 5, 2020 in Arizona Law

You might be asked to write a character letter for a friend, relative, or employee. As a defendant in a criminal case, you might ask someone to write a character letter for you. Character letters can be useful in some criminal cases to help mitigate the sentencing for a crime. Because character witnesses at a…
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Arizona Exotic Animal Laws Explained

Posted on September 2, 2020 in Arizona Law

Arizona has some of the strictest laws regarding exotic animals. The state restricts ownership and possession of a variety of exotic animals to entities that have the animals for wildlife management, wildlife rehabilitation, public health, education, or commercial photography. Those entities must have a special permit to keep exotic animals for specific purposes. What Exotic…
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How Hard is it to Pass the Arizona Bar Exam?

Posted on August 17, 2020 in Arizona Law

To become an attorney in Arizona, you must be admitted to the Arizona State Bar. The Arizona Supreme Court handles all aspects of admitting lawyers to practice law in the state. Lawyers cannot practice law in Arizona without being admitted to the Bar. Attorneys are admitted to practice law in Arizona in one of three…
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Is Mail Order Weed Legal?

Posted on August 16, 2020 in Arizona Law

The Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which aims to legalize marijuana for recreational use, will hit the Arizona ballot in November. If it passes, you’ll be able to possess one ounce of marijuana, with no more than 5 grams of it being in the form of concentrate. Until it passes in November, the recreational possession…
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What is a Hung Jury?

Posted on August 15, 2020 in Arizona Law

Recently, an Arizona teacher went to trial on charges of aiding migrants by leaving water for them on Federal land. After fifteen hours of deliberation, the jury could not reach a verdict, resulting in a hung jury. The teacher had been tried before for the same offense, and the previous trial also resulted in a…
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Phoenix Council Votes To Expand Gated Alley Program Pilot to Increase Safety and Reduce Crime

Posted on July 21, 2020 in Arizona Law

On February 5, 2020, the Phoenix City Council approved an expansion of the Gated Alley Program Pilot or GAP. The Council also approved $400,000 in Neighborhood Watch Grant Program funds to pay for some of the gates in the expanded program. The expansion included up to 10 alley segments in a council district. At the…
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What is Clemency?

Posted on July 19, 2020 in Arizona Law

A criminal conviction results in a variety of punishments. Depending on the crime, a person could pay a fine and perform community service. However, many crimes result in incarceration. The time you serve in prison can be significant, depending on the crime. You could serve 20, 30, or 40 years in prison. Some individuals receive…
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